And have we got some Awesome Stats to share!
Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 with epic fanfare and an ocean of green – Today we celebrate 1 year of Breeze, LA County’s 1st Bike Share System with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help celebrate, enjoy FREE RIDE TME* on Breeze Bikes all day today Saturday, November 12th.
If you would like to join us on a community bike tour around Santa Monica, we will experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company — RSVP below! The bike tour ends at Breeze HQ with an Open House & Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. We come together to celebrate Breeze Bike Share, and our community joyfully coming together after an election where voters resoundingly came out in support of affordable housing, schools, transit & parks! Come check out Breeze HQ, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze! Always family Friendly!
When: Saturday, November 12th
When: 2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where: Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station
Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour
Where: Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Questions about the event email us at: info@SMSpoke.org
Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.
- Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
- Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.
For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: breezebikeshare.com or call 310-828-2525
*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period.
In the News:
CITY MANAGER CALLS FOR UNITY AND CELEBRATION AT BREEZE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SATURDAY
#BikeSM #GoSaMo #BikeLocalSM #BikeLocal
Great video of our fair city!
Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!
Lots of events this week and beyond –
Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!
Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.
So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”
Thank you Clarence!
We are thrilled to announce that Cynthia Rose and LACBC have been awarded multiple Advocacy Awards by the Alliance for Biking & Walking at this year’s National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum in Washington DC!
After receiving five nominations, Monday night we took home:
- Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award – Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
Winning Campaign of the Year – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035
Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award
This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.
- Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
I feel so incredible honored to have received this award that commemorates the dedication and inspiration of Susie Stephens. I am so grateful to her and her inspirational mother who has carried on her daughters enthusiasm with her own commitment and dedication. With that I must say that like any successful advocacy – there are many to thank. Those that preceded us and make our work and successes possible, those that continue today working with us side by side, and in Santa Monica to our wonderful, talented community and civic partners that help and support us in creating a safer environment that encourages more people to walk and bike. I am deeply appreciative of all these partners every single day.
Thank you to the Alliance of Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists for their national leadership and support of local advocacy — and to our regional and state partners at LACBC and the California Bicycle Coalition.
“Together We Lead” our communities to a healthier, safer, more equitable future biking and walking.
— Cynthia Rose
From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “Cynthia Rose, a co-founder of Santa Monica Spoke, is also known to many in the Los Angeles area as ‘Purple’ (her favorite color) — but her vibrance spans the spectrum of bicycle advocacy. She played a key role in helping launch the first public bike share program in Los Angeles County: Breeze Bike Share, and pioneered the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Local Chapter program. She is an educator, an advocate and a rider leader, but even her actions are outdone by her joyful enthusiasm. Her bright smile and infectious attitude have invited countless new riders into the movement by making bicycling welcoming and fun. As her nominator summed up: ‘Cynthia truly is an inspiration.'”
Winning Campaign of the Year
This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact on walking and biking. Their victory will dramatically increase active transportation in their state/ community or will dramatically shift the way that walking and biking are considered.
- Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035
From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “With 300 miles of protected bike lanes, the adoption of Vision Zero and a central commitment to safety, the Mobility Plan 2035 passed by the Los Angeles City Council in 2015 marked a major transformation for big city transportation. Behind the scenes, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition helped to lead that charge with a thoughtful, strategic and multi-year campaign to increase access and safety for all. Their inside-outside game, rallied the public and LACBC members to engage with their policymakers, brought new partners to table and authentically considered the need of all road users, from bicyclists to bus riders. Read much more about their effort here.”
We would like to thank all of our members, partners, and supporters for making these wins possible! These wins (plus our additional nominations) are recognition of every call to action you’ve responded to, every meeting you’ve attended, every letter or email you’ve written, every public comment you’ve made, every hour of time you’ve volunteered in the office or on the streets, every hashmark recorded for our bike and ped counts, and every bike light installed as a member of Team Firefly, not to mention every mile you’ve pedaled either with us or on our behalf. We hope you’ll help Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and all our local chapters continue this work to make Los Angeles County a great place for all people from all communities to ride their bikes everywhere, safely and conveniently, by becoming a member of LACBC and a local chapter or renewing your membership.
Congrats to Cynthia and all the other winners: Living Streets Alliance (Tucson), Fernando Martinez, and Community Cycling Center (Portland). Read more about all the winners on the Alliance for Biking & Walking blog.
We had such a blast with Countri Bike’s Jeffrey Tanenhaus yesterday!
We met at 26th & Broadway, Hulu headquarters at the Colorado Center Park to ride with Jeffrey on the last leg of his cross country journey through Santa Monica to the finish line and the end of Route 66 at the top of the Santa Monica Pier. The energetic happy group rode on Broadway with SO MANY Breeze Bikes — and picking up more along the way!
We had a super fun finish line ribbon cutting with press, photographers and a great crowd enjoying the festivities. Jeffrey is always saying he’s met SO MANY wonderful people on his journey across the US — but nothing like this fun event that brought such a crowd — including folks from near and far that came out to help us celebrate the finish line of Jeffrey’s wonderful tour.
We will have the photo gallery up soon, Including riding through the finish line!
For now enjoy the video of smiles, bikes, NYC & SM Bike Share all together having a great ride.
Congratulations!! To ALL the 2015 Streetsie nominees
– it is truly and honor to be nominated for this award
and competition is stiff!
Our Locals at Hulu, with CycleHop tied for
2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business of the Year Award:
2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business of the Year Award: Tie! Hulu (with CycleHop) / City Fabrick
Santa Monica’s own Francie Stefan (2X nominee) and State Assembly Member Richard Bloom were honored with nominations this year. In past years Santa Monica Bike Center and SM Spoke’s own Cynthia Rose have received coveted nominations. In 2013 Pam O’Connor won elected official of the year!
See the 2015 winners in all 6 categories here – including LACBC’s own Tamika Bulter tied with Mark Lopez for the Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy.
EXTENDED: Breeze Founding Memberships Sunset
Monday, January 4th!
Don’t delay, “Gift a Gift” or get Your Own TODAY!
Though not surprised – we are SO EXCITED that Santa Monica’s own Breeze Bike Share now boasts almost 5000 total members and over 1000 Annual Founding Memberships! All in just over a month and a half since launch. Quick calculations put that at a higher per capita than Citi-Bike’s comparatively huge and successful system launch in New York City!! The days are short in the winter and sunsets come early – But luckily for us – Founding Memberships have been extended through the New Years Weekend and won’t sunset until Monday. Don’t miss out — Sign up TODAY!
Buy a Founding Membership or GIFT ONE HERE –
Anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including 60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card.
PLUS don’t forget: Vote for SteetsBlogLA 2015 Streestsie Awards Local Leaders!
Hulu, with CycleHop (Breeze operator) is nominated for 2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business.
City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Manager, Francie Stefan is for Civil Servant of the Year and Assembly Member Richard Bloom Elected Official of the Year!
Voting ends Tuesday January 5th!. See all six 2015 categories HERE including in a familiar category Advocate of the Year – LACBC’s own Tamika Butler is nominated!
EXCITING LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR STREETSIES
Vote for LOCAL LEADERS 2015
Then Donate to Streetsblog!
THREE FABULOUS LOCALS IN THE RUNNING:
Don’t wait VOTE NOW!
This year there are six categories: Elected Official, Civil Servant, Business, Media/Journalism, Advocacy – Individual, and Advocacy – Group.
Voting HAS ALREADY STARTED and will close on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at noon. Reader voting accounts for one half of the scoring this year, with one quarter going to SBLA staff voting, and another quarter going to a SBLA steering committee vote.
See the other categories at StreetsBlogLA. Another familiar category is Advocate of the Year – nominated this year is LACBC’s own Tamika Bultler!
Join us Saturday morning for coffee, bagels and lively discussion and FUN!!
Updates & Input: Bike share Launch and Equity Grant application, Bike Action Plan Implementation, SAMOHI SRTS / MANGo, EXPO, Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects,
• Michelle Glickert from the City of Santa Monica will give us Bike Action Plan updates and request your ideas on next steps.
• Meet our new City of Santa Monica Bike Share Coordinator and talk about the Bike Share equity grant we’re applying for.
• Ride Breeze Bikes that we will have there for you to test ride. You can still sign up at the Special Founding Member price!
• You can sign up or renew your SM Spoke / LACBC membership for special perks. Meet and join our lively group of volunteers.
• Be the first to hear about some exciting upcoming events!
Pretty exciting It’s our 4 Year Anniversary adopting the Bike Action Plan
Time: 10am – noon
Where: Spoke HQ, 1640 5th Street, just south of Expo Station
We have some GREAT News!
As Breeze Bike Share enters the next phase installing the full city wide station network It has been decided that Breeze Bike Share test bikes will remain in the field for continued use through at least the end of October! Yippee!!
Throughout the testing phase there has been a tremendous amount of positive feedback both at Breeze HQ and to our Breeze Outreach Teams. Even before the system test launched people were expressing real enthusiasm about bike share. Since the test bikes hit the street the enthusiasm has expanded to include their experiences using the bikes. Keeping the bikes on the street will provide more opportunity to give input and feedback and will also provide additional benefit for the Founding Members to continue to ride Breeze bikes as the installation begins of the complete network of stations in Santa Monica and into Venice.
It has been great fun and a pleasure seeing so many of Breeze Bikes around town. Don’t mss out: You can still become a founding member at the special annual price of $99 and get all the extra benefits.
If you have any question or comments, please look for our Breeze Outreach Teams around town in bright green Breeze t-shirts or you can send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (310) 828-2525.